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Five persons including civic volunteers killed in Balurghat road mishap

BALURGHAT: Five people, including three civic volunteers were killed, when a loaded truck hit a roadside tea stall on morning Monday. The incident took place on National Highway No. 512 at Gangarampur about 48 km from here. Two people were also injured in the incident.

The deceased were identified as Binay Haldar (45), Nimai Roy (54), Tofajjal Mian (27), Ayan Das (23) and Prakash Barman (31). The injured persons were admitted to Malda Medical College and Hospital as their condition was critical. The police said civic volunteers Prakash, Tofajjal and Ayan were posted in the area for night patrolling. They were all the residents of Gangarampur.

Police investigation is on in the case. The driver of the truck escaped from the spot immediately after the incident. A search warrant has issued against him. According to an eye-witness, the incident took place around 3 am while the truck coming from Balurghat rammed the tea-stall and crashed the deceased on the spot. The owner of the stall managed to survive.

Locals rushed to the spot and informed police. Police later had rescued the bodies of the deceased and sent them for post-mortem at Balurghat district hospital. Two injured people were referred to Malda.

Primary investigation reveals that the truck was moving at a high speed and perhaps the driver lost control while crossing Punarbhaba bridge. The driver fled the spot leaving his vehicle. "This was an example of reckless driving. We are trying to nab the driver to know what exactly had happened. Four people died on the spot and one succumbed injuries before reaching hospital. The injured ones have admitted to Malda. They have been struggling to save lives there till the last report came in," said a police officer. There was huge traffic congestion after the accident. Normalcy was however restored after one hour following police intervention.

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